Walnut Creek student wins Congressional art contest

WALNUT CREEK

U.S. Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Walnut Creek, has announced Northgate High School junior Eirene Acosta as the winner of the 2021 Congressional Art Competition for California’s 11th Congressional District for her digital drawing “Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder.”

U.S. Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Walnut Creek, has announced Northgate High School junior Eirene Acosta as the winner of the 2021 Congressional Art Competition for California’s 11th Congressional District for her digital drawing, above, “Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder.” (photo courtesy of Eirene Acosta) 

Her artwork will be sent to Washington, DC to be displayed in the U.S. Capitol.“Every year, the creativity of so many young artists throughout Contra Costa stands out in the submissions we receive for the Congressional Art Competition. The talent and imagination of our community is inspiring,” said DeSaulnier. “Congratulations to Eirene for winning this year’s competition, and I look forward to seeing her piece showcased in the U.S. Capitol.”

Monte Vista High School freshman Menglin Cai received runner-up honors for her untitled oil painting, and Carondelet High School sophomore Kaitlyn Yasumura received second runner-up honors for her piece “Mr. Brocklehurst.” These works will be displayed in DeSaulnier’s Walnut Creek and Richmond offices.

A total of 29 works of art were submitted from throughout California’s 11th Congressional District and were judged virtually by Sarah Lee and Lucy Snow of the Los Medanos College Art Department; Toru Sugita, a professor of art, drawing and printmaking and the Art Department’s chair at Diablo Valley College; and Anne Austin-Pinata, the San Pablo Art Gallery’s curator.

Since 1982, more 650,000 high school students from across the nation have participated in the Congressional Art Competition, which has allowed young constituents to showcase their artistic talent and be recognized by their Representatives and communities. The winning piece from California’s 11th District, along with those from all 50 states, will be displayed in the United States Capitol Building for the next year.

— U.S. Rep. DeSaulnier’s office

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